The International Energy Agency (IEA) regularly conducts in-depth peer reviews of the energy policies of its member countries. This process supports energy policy development and encourages the exchange of international best practices and experience. This report on Austria discusses the energy challenges facing the country and recommends possible solutions to help it achieve a secure and sustainable energy future.
Austria’s new government, which assumed office in January 2020, is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 at the latest – 10 years earlier than the ambition set by the European Union. This will require Austria to substantially enhance decarbonisation efforts across all energy sectors. As in many other countries, decarbonising heat and transport is challenging. In fact, Austria’s emissions growth since 2014 is largely driven by the increase in final energy consumption in the buildings and transport sectors.
Austria has impressive capacities for innovation and is an international best practice case in terms of leveraging public and private funding in this area. It will be important that the country use this strength to address the challenges ahead. In this report, the IEA provides a range of energy policy recommendations to help Austria smoothly manage the transition to a smart, flexible and sustainable energy system.
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